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Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., speaks about the coronavirus during a media availability on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, March 3, 2020 in Washington.
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Washington Sen. Patty Murray says a family matter prevented her from voting on the creation of a bipartisan commission to investigate the violent Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Sexual assault evidence collection kits are shown in this Feb. 8, 2017, photo.
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U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, both Democrats from Washington, have reintroduced a bipartisan bill to improve access to health care for sexual assault survivors. It’s called the Survivors’ Access to Supportive Care Act.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., speaks about the coronavirus during a media availability on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, March 3, 2020 in Washington.
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Both of Washington's U.S. senators are Democrats, putting them in their chamber's minority. That puts them in a tough position as the Senate seeks to confirm President Donald Trump's third Supreme Court nominee.

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The coronavirus pandemic has thrown the child care industry into turmoil nationally and in Washington state. Many providers lost clients as parents shifted to working from home or got laid off.

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Less than a week after President Trump said he is cutting off subsidies to health insurance companies, lawmakers announced Tuesday that they had a deal to restore the money and take other actions that could stabilize insurance markets for next year.

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Congress has passed a Veterans Affairs bill that has a provision that would allow injured veterans access to in vitro fertilization services.

In 1992, Congress put a ban in place to prevent veterans from getting that kind of fertility treatment through VA health care.

With a provision to this year's VA appropriations bill, veterans will now have access to IVF. The President signed the bill into law last week.

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Congress has moved a step closer to allowing injured veterans access to in vitro fertilization services after the House of Representatives passed a Veterans Affairs bill that includes a provision aimed at helping injured veterans start families. 

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What’s known as “conversion therapy” — designed to turn gay kids 
straight — is legal in most states, including Washington. U.S. Senator Patty Murray is calling for a nationwide ban on the practice.

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A proposal to completely re-write the No Child Left Behind education law, entrusting state officials and not the feds with more of the responsibility to hold schools accountable, has passed the U.S. Senate by a wide margin Thursday afternoon, 81-17.

In the plodding history of attempts to overhaul the unpopular law, it's a huge step forward — it's the first time the Senate has passed a proposal to reauthorize NCLB since it originally expired in 2007.